Team Excelle Sports

The team at Excelle Sports is made up of passionate people who are journalists, college and Olympic athletes, sports fans, innovators, social media gurus, sponsorship pros, pie-in-the-sky optimists, and overall believers in the power of women’s sports.

Kim Donaldson

Co-Founder & CEO

Kim Donaldson

WORK  |  20+ years of building brands and audiences. Co-founded Bottlenotes, a niche digital content site. Started Donaldson Design Group, a brand marketing and design firm. Started as an Art Director at Grey Advertising.

PLAY  |  A lifetime of skiing, skating, tennis, squash, running. Varsity high school squash and track. Yale varsity squash (National Championship team). Still playing squash and tennis, skiing and boxing. Love watching and going to Rangers, Knicks and Liberty games whenever I can.

LEARN  |  Yale University B.A. American Studies/Literature, Boston U., M.F.A.

Cat Osborne

Co-Founder, COO

Cat Osborne

WORK  |  Background in Institutional Sales and Research at SunTrust, Credit Lyonnais, Schroder’s and Dillon Read. Consultant on fundraising, operations and programming for schools, clubs and non-profits. Sit on numerous non-profit boards and committees.

PLAY  |  Varsity soccer, basketball and softball in high school. Played varsity softball one year in college. Still playing golf and tennis whenever I can. Renowned for cake design,

LEARN  |  Colgate University B.A., Columbia Business School, M.B.A.

Siv Paumgarten

Chief Revenue Officer

Siv Paumgarten

WORK  |  15+ years working with start-ups, small businesses, and on new projects within big companies: Katherine Hooker London, Stylitics, Indagare, Time, Inc., Ann Taylor Loft. Focus on growth strategy, financial models, and marketing CPGs, luxury goods, retail, ecommerce, and digital media. Management positions in marketing and strategic planning: Coach, Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal.

PLAY  |  Varsity high school sports. Princeton novice crew and club lacrosse. Run whenever I can and race occasionally. Backcountry skiing, backpacking, considering climbing.

LEARN  |  Princeton University B.A., Columbia Business School M.B.A.

Celia Balf

Staff Writer

Celia Balf

WORK | Former freelancer for Excelle. Former Times Union Sports intern and contributor, Time Warner Cable News intern and Yahoo! Sports editorial intern. Sports Editor at UAlbany senior year.
Twitter: @celiabalf

PLAY | University at Albany Women’s Soccer (center back). Loves cycling, running and hiking!

LEARN | University at Albany B.A. Journalism

Emma Dunleavy

Social Media Intern

Emma Dunleavy

WORK  |  Former Women’s Sports Foundation social and marketing intern

PLAY  |  Loyola University Maryland Division I track (sprinter). Loves spinning, outdoor long runs, bar class, and tennis!

LEARN  |  Loyola University Maryland Bachelor of Business Administration: International Business

Nick Forrester

Staff Writer

Nick Forrester

WORK  |  NHL international web producer; former Campus Rush producer and hockey writer at Sports Illustrated; New York Daily News high school sports reporter; Lampasas (TX) Dispatch Record Sports Editor. Twitter: @NickForrester13

PLAY  |  2004 Michigan state champion freestyle wrestler. Former hockey player. Loves photography, writing, hiking. Still waiting for a “D4: The Mighty Ducks” movie.

LEARN  |  University of Missouri, B.J. Journalism; CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. Journalism.

Adele Jackson-Gibson

Staff Writer

Adele Jackson-Gibson

WORK  |  Started as an English teacher in Japan then started working as a marketing assistant at Nichols School of Buffalo, NY. Now chasing after her writing career.

PLAY  |  Yale Varsity Track and Varsity Soccer (goalkeeper). Loves CrossFit and can’t imagine a day without moving a barbell. US Women’s National Soccer Team fanatic.

LEARN  |  Yale University B.A., New York University Masters in Journalism

Andrew Kahn

Contributing Writer

Andrew Kahn

WORK  |  Freelance writer for The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, ESPN the Magazine, CBS Local, alumni publications, UM Hoops. Website: andrewjkahn.com; Twitter: @AndrewKahn
PLAY  |  Basketball, baseball, football, tennis, golf, swimming — some even at the high school varsity level. 1999 Siena Basketball Camp Three-Point Champ. New York Urban Professionals Basketball League 2x Champ.
LEARN  |  University of Michigan, B.A.; New York University, Professional Certificate in Journalism

Lindsay Kist

Social Media Director

Lindsay Kist

WORK  |  Five years leading Digital Communications, two years leading Champion Athlete Leadership at the Women’s Sports Foundation.
PLAY  |  Former scholarship swimmer at North Carolina State University; five-time U.S. Open qualifier. Currently a wannabe triathlete, runner, yogi and spin star. Lover of live music and Mexican food.
LEARN  |  North Carolina State University, B.A., English.

Kayla Lombardo

Contributing Writer - Softball

Kayla Lombardo

WORK  |  Former breaking news and women’s sports writer and editor at Sports Illustrated. ESPN3 college softball color analyst. Former SI intern and contributor to espnW and AOL. Twitter: @KaylaLombardo11

PLAY  |  Former Division I softball player and team captain at Fordham University. Three-time Atlantic 10 Conference champion and NCAA tournament participant. Two-time first-team All-Conference and All-Region selection. Runner, biker, hiker, pick-up basketball player.

LEARN  |  Fordham University, B.A. Communication and Media Studies/Journalism

Tim Nash

Contributing Writer - Soccer

Tim Nash

WORK  |  Tim is a co-author of books with Anson Dorrance, Michelle Akers and Lauren Gregg, and the author of It’s Not the Glory, the story of the first 30 years of US women’s national team. Tim covered soccer at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and the 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cups. He is the former senior editor of several soccer websites, including Internetsoccer.comcollegesoccer.com and womenssoccer.com.

PLAY  |  A former JUCO soccer player, Tim played soccer and hockey growing up in Oswego, N.Y. He has coached youth soccer for 15 years and currently coaches ’03 and ’04 girls for Greensboro United Soccer Association in North Carolina.

LEARN  |  Tim attended the State University of New York at Canton, the University of South Carolina, and he graduated from the SUNY Oswego with a degree in Writing Arts.

Pat Ralph

Editorial Intern

Pat Ralph

WORK  |  Former U.S. Autos Reporter for Bloomberg News, Contributing Writer for AOL Sports, College Sports Reporter for The Villanovan, and High School Sports Reporter for Jersey Sports News. Started blog called The Sports Zone.

PLAY  |  Enjoys running, swimming, and playing basketball. Hoping to play more golf and tennis. 

LEARN  |  Villanova University B.A. Political Science/Communications, Columbia University M.S. Journalism

Kelyn Soong

Contributing Writer - Tennis and Track

Kelyn Soong

WORK  |  Washington Post sports writer covering tennis and running in the D.C. area who also contributes to the department’s sports blogs. Previously worked on the sports desk at USA Today and Voice of America and has freelanced for a variety of tennis websites. Was the University of Maryland varsity volleyball manager for several years and worked at the media center at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

PLAY  |  Can often be found training for a race ranging from the mile to the marathon. Also a recreation tennis player looking to play more tournaments. Grew up swimming and practicing Taekwondo.

LEARN  |  University of Maryland, Master’s in Multiplatform Journalism

Sarah Toland

Editorial Director

Sarah Toland

WORK  |  Toland is a veteran journalist, book author and former professional track and field runner. With more than 15 years editorial experience, Toland  has served as editorial director of Prevention, senior editor of Men’s Journal and editor-in-chief of Inside Triathlon, in addition to other positions at several national brands. She has also worked as a reporter and native content editor for Sports Illustrated and written on health and athletic gear for The New York Times. She is co-author of “Strong Is the New Beautiful” with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and “The Greek Diet” with celebrity chef Maria Loi.

PLAY  |  Toland qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 5K and 10K and made several national teams. She also ran as a professional Nike athlete.

LEARN  |  Colby College, B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Varsity Track, five-time All-American in track.

Kimberly Vandenberg

Contributing Writer - Aquatics

Kimberly Vandenberg

WORK  |  Marketing and Research Assistant for Rebecca Handler Photography. Media Assistant, the WILD Magazine. Writer, Sachin & Babi. Athlete Ambassador, Up2Us and Kids Play International. Mentor, Classroom Champions. Swim Clinician and Motivational Speaker for Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinics.

PLAY  |  Olympic Bronze Medalist in Swimming, Pan American Gold Medalist, World Championship Silver Medalist, three-time U.S. National Champion, French National Champion. 16-time All American at UCLA. Yoga and meditation enthusiast. Love swimming, boxing, soccer, volleyball, water polo, and dance.

LEARN  |  UCLA, B.A. History